FLOWERS OPEN EARLY IN THE USA
On the other hand, the change in flowering dates this year is not only limited to Japan; The cherry blossoms that adorn the Tidal Basin also bloomed early in Washington DC, the capital of the USA. According to the National Park Service, the peak bloom date of Washington cherry blossoms went forward about a week from April 5 to March 31. The effects of climate change are not limited to cherry blossoms. “Cherry blossoms stand out, people like to go see them, but many other plants are also experiencing changes in their life cycles, and this could have stronger effects on the stability of ecosystems,” Taii said.
The same is already happening to many crops and economically valuable crops, posing major problems for food security and farmers’ livelihoods. Food supplies in some of the world’s most vulnerable areas are directly affected by droughts, crop shortages, and grasshopper infestations.